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UN calls for the demilitarisation of Tamil areas

The UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson has urged the Sri Lankan government to demilitarise the Tamil-speaking Northern Province.

In his report based on his fact finding mission to Sri Lanka a year ago, Mr Emmerson said: ‘The pervasive lack of accountability for the war crimes that were perpetrated during the war, the climate of impunity that prevails within the security sector, the overwhelming economic weight of the military, its involvement in civilian activities, as well as the overwhelmingly Sinhalese Nationality within the military all contribute to perpetuating the resentment and disenfranchisement felt by the Tamil community as a whole.’

‘At the same time, a pervasive and insidious form of stigmatization of the Tamil community was observed. Tamils are severely under-represented in all institutions, particularly in the security sector and the judiciary, despite the importance of ensuring that all institutions adequately reflect the ethnic, linguistic and religious make-up of the State,’ Mr Emmerson added.

To access the full report, click here.